Two hikers on hiking a trail If you want to have an enjoyable hike, you need to be prepared. There are certain items you need to wear and bring with you if you want to stay safe and avoid injury. The following advice will provide you with must-read preparation tips for your next day of hiking.

Have the Right Gear

There are a few hiking essentials you’ll want to add to your list as you prepare for your outing. For instance, you’re going to want to have a backpack for carrying items such as water, sunscreen, and extra clothes. Layering your clothing is also a good idea. It will allow you to easily adjust your outfit for the weather and as your body temperature rises and falls. Also, you need to have hiking shoes with a grip that will help keep you safe on the trails. Be sure to pack a first aid kit as well, should an accident or injury occur.

Stay Hydrated

Be sure to hydrate before you go and on the trail and while hiking. Drink plenty of water days in advance of your hike so your body is ready for the continuous exercise. Pack extra bottles of water in your backpack to have access when you need them. A good starting point is to have at least two liters available for each person to drink. Of course, adjust this amount based on weather conditions and how long you’ll be gone.

Pick a Trusted Route

Have a plan in place for where you’ll be hiking and what route you’ll be taking. Find a location that’s accommodating to hikers and will provide you with a map so you don’t get lost. Bring along a compass and a charged cell phone, too, so that you know exactly where you are at all times and can call for help if necessary. If it’s your first time hiking, you may want to go someplace where there will be other people so you feel more comfortable on the trails.

You should now feel ready to tackle your hiking journey. If you’re already thinking about the next adventure, then consider getting involved in group endeavors at Buck Hill Falls that are filled with history, traditions, and outdoor activities for all ages. Join our community in the Poconos and experience the epitome of relaxation and adventure.

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